News Release

Dalton State celebrates new chapter of National Biological Honor Society Beta Beta Beta

May 17, 2012

On May 8 Dalton State celebrated the establishment of Beta Chi Nu, the College’s newly approved chapter of the National Biological Honor Society Beta Beta Beta, with an inaugural induction ceremony for 37 students and faculty. In recognition of Dalton State’s approval for chapter status, Dr. Donald Roush, the national president of Tri-Beta, served as guest speaker and led the induction ceremony.

TriBeta was founded in 1922 at Oklahoma City University by faculty member Dr. Frank G. Brooks and a group of his students. As an honor society and academic fraternity for undergraduates in the biological sciences, membership is reserved for those who achieve superior academic records and indicate a special aptitude for and major interest in the life sciences. Today, with over 550 chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, TriBeta emphasizes stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research through a variety of activities, including the publication of undergraduate research in its journal, BIOS.

The process of winning approval for the College’s Beta Chi Nu chapter began in 2011 with Dr. Marina Smitherman, Assistant Professor of Biology, and biology student Faith Stokes. Over the course of the year, on top of full teaching and class loads, the two worked together to get the new chapter established, and they see the effort as a “huge achievement” for both themselves and the College.

In addition to the inaugural inductees pictured below, three faculty members: Dr. James Adams, Professor Biology; Dr. April Anne Kay, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Dr. Celeste Humphrey, Associate Professor of Biology; and seven students: Caitlyn Bunch, Lisa Kimmerling, Mackenzie Mathis, Kate Morgan, Macy Mullins, Joshua Peppers, and Caroline Pittman were inducted in absentia.

Pictured following the inaugural induction ceremony of Dalton State's Beta Chi Nu chapter of the National Biological Honor Society Beta Beta Beta are, from left: Kumar Patel, Recruiting Officer; Kara Day, Vice President, Nitiksha Patel, Historian; Dr. Marina Smitherman, Assistant Professor of Biology and Faculty Advisor for TriBeta; Dr. Donald Roush, National President of TriBeta; Faith Stokes, Beta Chi Nu chapter President; Kayla Couch, Secretary; and Avron Khan, Treasurer.
Whitfield County inductees:
Inaugural Beta Chi Nu inductees from Whitfield County included, from left: Justin Luffman, Nitiksha Patel, Julie Miller, Jayna Patel, Kara Day, and Diego DeHaro.
Catoosa, Chattooga, Walker inductees:
Inductees from Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, and Walker Counties included, from left: Beth Thacker, Taylor Pence, Josh Oliver, Ariel Vaughn, Jianna Linna, Kevin O'Toole, and Faith Stokes.
Murray and Gordon inductees:
Also inducted during the ceremony were students from Murray and Gordon Counties. Pictured from left are: Kumar Patel, Michael Boatwright, Kayla Couch, and Avron Khan.
Faculty/staff inductees:
Dalton State faculty and staff inductees included, from left: Dr. John Lugthart, Professor of Biology; Ms. Susan Burran, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. David DesRochers, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. Marina Smitherman, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr. Matthew Chenowith, Assistant Professor of Biology; Ms. Amanda Smith, Lab Coordinator, Chemistry; Dr. Kerry Dunbar, Professor of Biology; Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar, Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, and Associate Professor of Biology; Ms. Kirsten Andrews, Lab Coordinator, Natural Sciences; Dr. Richard Collison, Associate Professor of Chemistry.
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